Ok. Great suggestions all. First I am reluctant to run the program because I do not know enough about what it will impact since I am not familiar with the program and function. Yes, I could run it in debugt but since I am a consultant I'd hate to make this my last day by running something that causes downstream problems. I guess I could try to compile. The only thing that may come back to haunt me is that I don't know if there is a "tool" I need to use to compile the source in BPCS.

I was hoping that I could figure out the issue, which I am certain is a data issue (although the program should anticipate the possible data issue) without running the program but I'll see if I can compile it and get it to run in debug. No easy way out I guess.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Pete Helgren
Value Added Software, Inc

On 9/29/2010 10:05 AM, Pete Helgren wrote:
Amazingly, in my 20+ years of RPG programming I have never had to dump
an RPG program that was halted with an error. The software I work with
is so familiar to me that IF I get an RPG error, I usually know where to
look to fix it without much research.

However, I have taken an interim consulting gig with a company that runs
BPCS (for reasons other than running their BPCS installation). It is an
old version (at least 10 years old) and I have never had any BPCS
experience so when an error occurred, I had to start from scratch in
figuring out what went wrong.

The statement number in the RPG program doesn't resolve to a valid
statement number in the source referenced by the program (It has been
converted to ILE RPG). So, when the error occurred, I took the option
to dump the RPG program to figure out what went wrong.

The error is: The target for a numeric operation is too small to hold
the result. So I know what the problem is. Unfortunately the program
isn't kind enough to says: The target (MYFIELD) for a numeric operation
is too small to hold the result. So I was hoping to find out what
*field* the program was complaining about.

So (this is NOT a BPCS question): How do I determine from the RPG dump
which field is too small? Since I cannot reconcile the statement number
to the source, I was hoping the dump would illuminate the problem.
After looking at the dump, there is so much information I can't sort out
where to begin looking.


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